If you’ve postponed a dental exam for several months now, you may be asking yourself: Is a dental appointment safe during coronavirus?
Let’s take a look at what experts say.
Is the Dentist’s Office a High-Risk Place?
Dentist offices – like other medical centers – follow extremely strict safety and sanitation guidelines. To prevent the spread of germs, dentists are cleaning and sanitizing rooms and tools after every patient, covering tools when not in use, washing hands frequently and wearing protective gear like masks and gloves. Many dental practices are also requiring wearing masks in the office, taking patient temperatures before an appointment, and spacing out appointments to leave time for cleaning between patients.
What Do the Experts Say?
The American Dental Association (ADA) reports that no cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. have been attributed to dentist offices. And a study by the ADA Science & Research Institute and the Health Policy Institute found that less than 1% of dentists nationwide tested positive for COVID-19, as of June.
The ADA has also stated that going to the dentist regularly is essential, even now. Oral health plays a large role in helping doctors identify and diagnose other serious medical conditions like diabetes and heart disease. Additionally, oral infections that are left untreated can negatively affect a person’s overall health.
In choosing to return to the dentist right now, weigh the risks and benefits based on your individual health, the health of people you have close contact with, and your personal risk factors. You can navigate the experience safely.
How To Visit the Dentist Safely
When going in for a check-up, here are some tips on how to navigate the experience safely.
- Reschedule your appointment if you are sick, test positive for COVID-19 or have a household member who tested positive for COVID-19
- Wear a mask inside the office until it’s time for your exam
- Social distance in the waiting room or wait outside in the car until it’s your turn
- Use hand sanitizer before and after your appointment
Boyett Family Dentistry Is Taking All Possible Precautions
At Boyett Family Dentistry, Dr. Boyett, our staff and our hygienists are taking every possible precaution to keep patients safe and help them feel comfortable coming in for an appointment. Please call us at 863-294-9200 to learn about our safety precautions and bring up any questions or concerns you have. We look forward to continuing to serve you in a safe and secure way.